BELGRADE – There’s a directional sign on a tree at the edge of the yard here. “Waterville,” it reads, with an arrow pointing left. Below that is “Waterfront” with an arrow pointing right towards  Messalonksee Lake, a few feet away.

Not to disparage Waterville, or challenge the sign’s doubtful geographic accuracy, but this either/or is an easy choice.

Semi-rustic and totally charming, here is a classic Maine cottage with 80 feet of frontage, and a dock, on the southwestern end of 9-miles-long Messalonskee Lake.

Swimming, boating, and fishing are very fine here, as are the views to the far shore and over the water to far hills to the south. A fire pit on the level, 0.56-acre, plenty-of-space-for-vehicles-and-watercraft lot enhances enjoyment of the outdoors.

Built in 1930, close enough to the water that you may feel you are on a boat, the 408-square-foot cottage has seen all kinds of improvements over the past year, including a gas stove for heat. The bathroom is new, as are most of the roof shingles, plus the sills and the gutters.

New, barn-style sliding doors to the bathroom and to the bedroom, which comfortably accommodates a queen-size bed, complement the interior’s original, vintage-character paneling. There’s space for another bed at one side of the open-concept main living/dining area, where a row of five oversized windows faces the lake, looking east.

The floor is hardwood, nicely unfinished. The kitchen, whose white appliances include a time-tested General Electric stove with push buttons, is at the rear, behind a bar with storage underneath. Above, a low loft may offer finishing or expansion possibilities.

The cottage at 6 Chestnut Road, Belgrade, is listed for sale at $168,000 by Ally Karter of Better Homes & Gardens The Masiello Group (Augusta office). Annual taxes are $1,507.

The property is being shown by appointment. Please contact Ally at 649-6826 or at [email protected].

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